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Month: July 2017

Mona Dugo Honored with Leadership Award

Mona Dugo, Senior Associate Dean of Students, received the Leadership Award from the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA), the highest honor the association gives, at the 2017 Roundtable in Denver.

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier Recognized with Parthenon Award

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, received the prestigious Parthenon Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) for her outstanding achievement, service, leadership and contributions to the field of campus housing.

Lavender Graduation Celebrates LGBTQ Grads

Days before graduation, thirteen students gathered in Scott Hall, surrounded by friends, family, and faculty to be honored in their own congratulatory ceremony. They donned rainbow stoles and celebrated their achievements as members of the LGBTQ students at Northwestern.

Lavender Graduations are held at universities across the nation to honor and acknowledge the achievements of LGBTQ students. Lavender is an important color in LGBTQ history, although the origins of the association is debated. The Human Rights Campaign says that the hue combines the two colors that Nazis used to signify gay men and lesbian women in concentration camps, pink and black, respectively. The LGBTQ rights movement repurposed these hateful symbols as a symbol of pride.

Fellowship Teaches Effective Advocacy

This school year marked the launch of the first-ever Social Justice Advocacy Fellowship. The fellowship was a two quarter program that sought to teach students how to actively and efficiently engage in advocacy on campus and in a larger context. Twenty five students from varying backgrounds participated.

During the first half of the fellowship, students met weekly to learn about and discuss a variety of themes vital to effective advocacy work, everything from creating the messages that are most important to lobbying for support.

Looking Back on Commencement 2017

The Northwestern Class of 2017 graduated on June 16, 2017 as friends and family gathered at Ryan Field to celebrate their achievement. Tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King addressed the class as 2017’s Commencement Speaker and encouraged the graduates to give back throughout their lives. Commencement concluded smoothly as graduates celebrated with their loved ones and began a new chapter in their lives.

Take a look at some snapshots of Commencement 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 Staff Award Winners

Each year, the Division of Student Affairs recognizes individual staff members, departments, or groups who have done exemplary work related to the Division’s mission, vision, values, guiding principles, and strategic themes. Recipients were recognized at the annual end-of-the-year celebration on June 22, 2017. Read on and congratulate the following staff members; you can learn more about their respective awards here.